The British Swimming Championships 2019 Day 1
Swimmers from or based in Somerset are competing against the best swimmers from across the British Isles from 16 to 21 April 2019 at Tollcross Pool in Glasgow.
|W 50m Breast||Junior||8||Alice Chan||16||Millfield||33.90||33.56||33.41|
|W 50m Breast||Transition||8||Abigail Hurst||18||Millfield||32.77||32.46||32.85|
|M 50m Back||Transition||2||Samuel Irvine||22||Loughboro Uni||26.06||26.51||25.94|
|W 200m Free||Transition||1||Rachel Anderson||17||Millfield||02:01.76||02:02.44||02:02.51|
|W 200m Free||Open||3||Georgia Coates||20||Bath NC||01:59.40||02:00.79||01:59.88|
|M 400m Free||Junior||5||Ioan Evans||17||Millfield||04:00.93||04:01.48||04:00.32|
|M 400m Free||Transition||1||Jakob Goodman||19||Millfield||03:54.39||03:57.24||03:55.00|
|M 400m Free||Transition||3||William Ryley||21||Bath Univ||03:55.59||03:55.92||03:57.51|
|M 400m Free||Transition||6||Tom Derbyshire||21||Bath NC||03:56.91||03:56.84||03:51.54|
|M 400m Free||Open||2||Kieran Bird||20||Bath NC||03:52.21||03:53.33||03:53.87|
|M 400m Free||Open||6||Luke Turley||19||Bath NC||03:53.25||03:55.88||03:54.37|
|M 400m Free||Open||8||Cameron Kurle||22||Bath NC||03:55.76||03:53.11||03:55.79|
|W 400m IM||Transition||2||Lily Booker||18||Millfield||04:50.41||04:54.31||04:52.47|
|M 100m Breast||Junior||6||William Ellington||16||Millfield||01:04.85||01:04.99||01:05.65|
|M 100m Breast||Transition||3||Adam Chillingworth||22||Plymouth Leander||01:02.71||01:02.57||01:02.58|
|M 100m Breast||Transition||8||Marcus Gardiner||22||Co Bristol||01:03.88||01:03.72||01:03.34|
|M 100m Breast||Open||7||Zak Aitchison||21||Uni O fStirling||01:01.95||01:02.16||01:01.83|
W 50 Breaststroke – Junior, Transition, Open; M 50 Backstroke – Junior, Transition, Open; W 200 Freestyle – Junior, Transition, Open; M 400 Freestyle – Junior, Transition, Open; W 400 Individual Medley – Junior, Transition, Open; M 100 Breaststroke – Junior, Transition, Open.
Adam Peaty proved his championship pedigree once again as he got the better of a truly world class field to clinch the 100m Breaststroke title on the opening night of action at the British Swimming Championships. After he, Ross Murdoch, Craig Benson and James Wilby had all posted strong times in the heats earlier in the day, the crowd were anticipating a thrilling race to end proceedings and they got their money’s worth.
Going out hard to reach the turn in 26.63, Peaty had really pushed the boat out, but he was forced to work hard all the way home as Wilby and Murdoch started to use their strength in the latter stages. Wilby (58.66) ultimately took silver, just 0.02 outside his lifetime best set in this very pool last summer, whilst Murdoch (59.21) was just a tenth outside his personal best for bronze. Despite going inside the World Championship consideration time, Craig Benson had to settle for fourth place, such was the quality of a race that was nothing short of world class.
Of his 57.87 winning performance, Peaty said: “I regained my number one spot which I obviously came out here to do, so it’s job done. I don’t know what I went out in, but I need to work on the back end a bit more. I’m going to race a little bit more going into Worlds than I did last year, because I didn’t really race in the winter, but that has given me a lot of confidence.”
“Everyone wants to go faster but I’m in that time of my season now where I’m putting those big gains in for a later investment. For me it’s not about the short-term gains. Coming back on that last 50m, I was just smoothing it out. The world championships will be a very different race.
“Taking the winter off from competitions has done me the world of good. My stroke feels amazing and I don’t think I’ve ever, ever been this strong and as powerful. I’ll learn from the next few months going into the World Championships and it’s going to be a great one.”
Peaty’s winning time of 57.87 knocked 0.42s off the previous fastest time set in 2019 by Belarus’s Ilya Shymanovich, who recorded 58.29 in Marseille, France, in March. Peaty is inside the qualifying time for the World Championships which will take place in South Korea in July, so by virtue of winning the race he secures his seat on the plane. Wilby also went inside the required qualifying mark, but he will have to wait on the selection meeting on Monday to be sure of his place.
The Women’s 400m Individual Medley was also nicely poised after this morning’s session, but it was Stirling based Aimee Willmott (4:36.98) who stepped up to take the title with a determined swim that saw her sneak inside the World Championship consideration time.
After gritting her teeth down the home straight, the Commonwealth champion said: “It wasn’t as quick as I was hoping for, as this time last year at Commies I was 4.34.9 and I knew if I could do that I would automatically secure my place, but it’s a different environment and that was a huge event. So to sneak under the consideration time I am pretty happy, but it was so painful!”
But yes, I’m pretty chuffed. It’s easy to deviate from the race plan and I’ll probably look back at when I’ve gone too fast or not picked it up when I should have. There are always things to work on towards the summer.”
National Centre Loughborough’s Abbie Wood backed up her strong heat swim to take silver, whilst bronze went to Hannah Miley, who once again set a season’s best as she continues her comeback from ankle surgery.
Daniel Jervis recorded his best ever performance to romp to victory in the Men’s 400m Freestyle, the Welshman stopping the clock just 0.70 outside the World Championship consideration time. Whilst his specialist event is the 1500m, which he’ll contest on Thursday, Jervis has shown an impressive turn of pace here in Glasgow, something he’ll continue to work on in the 200m at the end of the week. Having made the British team in the 1500m two years ago and since won Commonwealth Games silver, the Swansea swimmer will have his sights firmly set on securing selection here in Glasgow.
“I’m really pleased with that, especially as it isn’t my main event. One of my main aims for this competition was to have fun, as I always swim well when I’m having fun, so I’m really happy with it. The 1500m is in two days and it’s a totally different event but I have a lot of resting to do before then – it’s going to be a good week.”
Bath NC’s Kieran Bird was the silver medallist in a time of 3:52.21 as he just edged out City of Sheffield’s Samuel Budd, who was third in 3:52.26.
The Women’s 200m Freestyle served up a thrilling contest, with young Freya Anderson taking the race to the rest of the field with an aggressive first 100m. Still leading with 50m to go the title looked to be hers, butthe only swimmer to go sub two minutes in the heats, Holly Hibbott had other ideas. Hunting her down, the crowd were treated to a thrilling finale, with Anderson just holding on to touch 0.01 ahead of her rival.
Pleased with gold, the Ellesmere College swimmer was however a little disappointed to come within three hundredths of a second of her personal best, but not better it, which shows her ambition.
“I was quite excited for the 200m just to see how I would go – I’m more of a 100m swimmer so there was less pressure on me. Me and my coach tried to go for a different race process, which was all about going out fast and trying to hold on and I think that can pay off for some people but maybe not for me! I’m happy with the win, though the time has annoyed me a little bit, but what can you do!”
Georgia Coates, of Bath NC, recorded a season’s best time of 1:59.40 to take the bronze medal.
Sarah Vasey was a convincing winner in the first open final of the night, the Women’s 50m Breaststroke, and in truth she never looked under any kind of threat; the signs are positive ahead of the 100m on the final day of these championships. She finished in a season’s best 30.72 to take the gold ahead of Stockport’s Katie Matts (31.44).
Vasey was 0.60 seconds faster than her morning heat time and she said: “I’ve got quite a wait until the 100m on Sunday so it was just good to get a win under my belt. I’ve struggled with my 50m so far this season so to dip under 31, I’m really, really happy with that.”
Guildford’s Tatiana Belonogoff was third in a time of 31.46.
In the other 50m final of the night, the Men’s 50m Backstroke, Stockport Metro’s Thomas Howdle enjoyed a marvellous breakthrough to bag the British title. Maintaining a terrific stroke rate throughout, the youngster set a massive lifetime best 25.23.to get the better of Newcastle’s Nicholas Pyle (25.48) with Swansea University’s Liam White third in 25.60.
Events: W 50 Breaststroke; M 50 Backstroke; W 200 Freestyle; M 400 Freestyle; W 400 Individual Medley; M 100 Breaststroke.
The first morning of action from the 2019 British Swimming Championships didn’t disappoint, as Britain’s best breaststrokers setup what could be a final to remember.
Leading the way as expected was Adam Peaty, as he qualified quickest to secure lane four in the final. Local favourites Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson also produced impressive heat performances, whilst James Wilby had the luxury of being able to ease off in the closing stages and still qualify with ease.
Commenting afterwards Peaty said: “I’m very happy with my progress this morning – I didn’t want anything special, just enough to make it back tonight in lane four.”
Asked about his dive, Peaty added: “We’ve worked on it relentlessly – in the past we’ve worked on it hard in terms of effort, but now we’re matching that up with sports scientists and I owe a massive thank you to them. They’re the brains behind the whole dive and the pull out and it’s great to have such a supportive team around me.”
The Women’s 200m Freestyle is set to be another of the events to watch on the opening night, with a whole host of talent taking to the blocks. Stokport Metro swimmer Holly Hibbott qualified quickest, but rising star Freya Anderson produced a very mature swim to finish quickly over the final 50m and win her heat. Welshwoman Aly Thomas also took victory in her heat, to set up a great final.
The Women’s 400m Individual Medley is another event that should excite the Tollcross crowd, as Abbie Wood qualified quickest and will look to assert herself in the final alongside seasoned international medallists Aimee Willmott and Hannah Miley, the latter continuing her return after ankle surgery.
The first event of the championships was the Women’s 50m Breaststroke heats, where National Centre Loughborough swimmer Sarah Vasey was comfortably the fastest qualifier for tonight’s final. Her biggest rival, Imogen Clark, withdrew last night to focus on recovering from a back injury, but hopes to compete in the 100m event later in the week. The men’s backstroke events are wide open at this Championship, so the Men’s 50m Backstroke was always going to be an interesting one, giving some indication as to who’s in form. Fastest qualifier from the morning session was Thomas Howdle, with the likes of Nick Pyle and Liam White in close contention.
Swansea’s Daniel Jervis looked in great form in the Men’s 400m Freestyle, a commanding swim seeing him home some three seconds faster than any other qualifier. Predominantly a 1500m man, Jervis showed an impressive turn of speed at the start of what is set to be a busy week for the Welshman.
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